Mary Alice HENDERSON

HENDERSON, Mary Alice

Alice Henderson, 82, passed away peacefully September 15, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Alice was born in Syracuse, NY and after graduating from nursing school met and married her husband Harold "Shine" Henderson in January 1953. They moved to West Palm Beach in 1958 and Alice worked as an RN in Pediatrics as head nurse at St. Mary's Hospital, for Dr. Green at Palm Beach Medical Group and after graduating from the first class at Palm Beach Community College as a Pediatric Nurse practitioner for many years with Infants & Children at 23rd and Flagler Drive. She was the calm reassuring voice to many young mothers when their children were sick. Consider also that at this time, she was raising her own seven children. She was an excellent cook, a gardener with a green thumb, a gracious host with a great sense of humor and always an advocate for the underdog. Alice was predeceased by her siblings, Sally, Nancy, Sue and Jim. She is survived by her husband, Shine; her children, Eric (Rita), Mark (Sue), Kirk (Faith), Brent (Judy), Amy Zimlich (Guillermo), Luke (Kathleen) and Beth Martinez (Tony); her 13 grandchildren, Jade, Paris, Alexandra, Savannah, Megan, Adam, Clayton, Kaylee, Garrett, Summer, Sky, Elena and David. Special mention of niece, Melissa Tyner and her two children, Brendan and Nancy. She is also survived by her many other nieces, nephews, their children and close friends. Her memory should always bring a smile and a feeling of warmth and gratitude for all who knew Alice. There will be Mass Saturday, October 5 at Noon at Holy Name Catholic Church, 345 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415, followed by a reception at adjoining Fatima Hall for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the in Alice's memory.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2013